Can Morning Sickness Be Minimized?

Can Morning Sickness Be Minimized?One prospect that makes women shudder when they learn that they are pregnant is the dreaded morning sickness that affects approximately half of all women who get pregnant. This condition is very common during the first trimester of pregnancy and it wanes after that.

Many women have resigned themselves to this unpleasantness not knowing that there are some simple things they can do to reduce the frequency, and intensity, of the episodes of morning sickness.

What Are Its Triggers?

Morning sickness has been linked to several factors. One is that increased levels of estrogen in pregnant women bring it on. How? Pregnancy triggers spikes in hormone levels, especially estrogen. It has been known for long that hormones are mainly produced while we sleep; hence, the “morning sickness” (nausea, vomiting, etc) is most prevalent just after one has woken up, as long as other contributory factors are present.

One of those other factors is low levels of blood sugar. Our bodies need energy even while we sleep. Given the number of hours that elapse from the time we have our last meal before we go to bed to the time we wake up, it is expected that we shall be energy deficient at the time we wake up. This low blood sugar level can trigger feelings of nausea in pregnant women.

The third factor, or trigger, is olfactory triggers. Certain smells (and these vary from individual to individual) trigger an onset of morning sickness.

The presence of a combination of these factors is what sets morning sickness off in pregnant women.

Can Morning Sickness Be Minimized?

Pregnant women should take solace from the fact that not every woman in their condition experiences morning sickness. Since no one has come out to say that it is genetic (meaning you can’t do anything about it), it is possible to reduce the frequency and severity of this condition.

How?

Several things can be done to “tame” morning sickness. Those tips stem from an understanding of the factors that trigger the condition.

Get Up Slowly

Sounds simple, right? Remember, we stated that our bodies are energy-deficient to some degree when we wake up in the morning. Now, when you spring out of bed when you wake up, that action requires a burst of energy from your body. Since your body has some “energy shortage” at that time, the exertion will be more than you can handle and the result will be a feeling of dizziness and nausea. By getting up slowly, you prevent that chain of events that results in morning sickness from beginning.

Watch What You Eat

Caffeine, spicy food as well as fatty food may irritate the bowel and trigger nausea. Avoid such foods. You should also watch the portion sizes of the meals you have. Having several small meals throughout the day ensures that digestive juices never get to exist in an empty stomach since that would start a bout of nausea or morning sickness.

Take Vitamin Supplements

Have you noticed that people who complain of lacking appetite yet they have no disease are asked to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables? This is because they lack vital vitamins in their bodies. Morning sickness can be eased by taking slow-release vitamin supplements since these are easy on the stomach.

There are many more steps like keeping active, avoiding smells that set your morning sickness off, ensuring proper hydration at all times and so many others.

What has been your experience with morning sickness and what do you do about it? Let us know in the comments section below!

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